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11 Must haves for kinky and curly girls

As someone who has always loved curly hair, I was surprised to find out how many women actually despise their naturally curly locks. I must admit, having curly hair can be a challenge, especially if you’re not sure how to take care of it. Whether you’ve always worn your hair curly or you’re rediscovering your curl pattern, there are several products you should consider adding to your arsenal.

1. Inexpensive Conditioner

If you wash your hair several times weekly, skip the shampoo and reach for the conditioner. Co-washing (conditioner washing) allows you to clean your hair and scalp without experiencing any of the dryness and frizziness regular shampoos cause. Because I use so much conditioner when co-washing, I always buy a “cheapy” conditioner solely for that purpose. Two of my favorites are Suave Naturals and Alberto VO5 — both available for about $1.

2. Sulfate-Free Shampoo

If you use styling products in your hair regularly, don’t completely eliminate shampoo. Use a sulfate-free shampoo when necessary to cleanse your hair and scalp of product build-up. This type of shampoo won’t strip your hair of moisture the way a typical shampoo will. Some great natural shampoos include Shea Moisture Organic Curl & Shine Shampoo, Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat Shampoo, and Desert Essence Organics Shampoo.

3. Leave-In Conditioner

If you think using a leave-in conditioner isn’t necessary, think again. Not only do they add moisture, they also soften hair and drastically reduce frizz. Creamy leave-ins also make great detanglers for natural and curly hair. Some I recommend are Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner/Detangler, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream, and Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner. If you prefer a liquid spray leave-in, try Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner.

4. Water

Don’t believe what you’ve heard about natural hair and water. Nothing moisturizes and softens hair better. I recommend always spraying your hair with water before detangling and styling to prevent breakage. When possible, use distilled water with a little vegetable glycerin added in.

5. Natural Oils

Natural oils are great for sealing in moisture after you’ve applied a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil are my favorites for protecting and strengthening fragile hair and preventing split ends. Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Vitamin E and Sweet Almond Oil also offer similar benefits.

6. Plastic Bottles

Besides keeping a plastic spray bottle handy to fill with water, you should also have a plastic capped bottle for mixing oils and moisturizers.

7. Wide-Tooth Comb

For detangling natural and curly hair, a wide-tooth comb is a must. It works better than finger-combing and won’t cause the type of breakage and damage a regular comb or brush causes.

8. Styling Gel

Whether you like to wear twist-outs and wash-and-gos, or you’re in need of more curl definition, a great styling gel can do it all. My favorite is Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel.

9. Satin Bonnet or Pillowcase

Once you’ve moisturized and styled your hair the way want, keep it looking great by wrapping it in a satin bonnet or sleeping on a satin pillowcase.

10. Microfiber Towel

Instead of wringing your hair out with a terry cloth towel, scrunch it gently using a microfiber towel. Besides removing excess water better, microfiber towels don’t cause frizziness the way terry cloth towels do. Another alternative is to use heavy paper towels or a clean T-shirt.

11. Heat Protectant

If you decide you need a break from curly hair, don’t forget to use a good heat protectant. Failure to do so can cause heat damage and breakage. Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Heat Protector Straightening Serum, Beyond The Zone Turn Up The Heat Protectant, and Redken Heat Glide are some you can try.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.